- Michael P Flanagan, State Superintendent
A stalwart of education leadership and reform in Michigan, Mike Flanagan pushes local, state, and federal policy to improve instruction for all students. With 30 years of leadership as a local, regional, and state superintendent, Mike brings decisive and practical vision to re-building a system that develops stronger educators and higher-achieving students.
As State Superintendent since 2005, Mike directs the Michigan Department of Education and advances the public education for all children through authority vested in the State Superintendent in the Michigan Constitution and state law. He is the chair of the State Board of Education, and also advises the State Board, the Governor, and the state Legislature regarding public education in Michigan. Previously, he has served as the Executive Director of the statewide associations that represent Michigan public school superintendents and intermediate school districts in the state.
For seven years, Mike Flanagan served as the Superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA); and a local superintendent at the Farmington/Farmington Hills School District in Michigan for five years. He is past chairperson of the Education Alliance of Michigan, a nonprofit coalition of leading parent, business, and education associations; and past president of the National County Superintendents Association.
Superintendent Flanagan has degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan University. He is married to Anna and has three married children: Mike, Brian, and Christa and grandchildren: Alysha, Ella, Avery, Will, Landen, and Joseph.